Arrow funds a literature review

October 23, 2017
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Nurses and dietitians caring for people post-transplant have noted in their clinical work that despite the current management, patients who receive autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplants (BMT) are still reporting nausea and vomiting for prolonged periods of time. It is commonly observed that patients require medication for nausea, to a lesser extent vomiting, up to six months post-transplant and sometimes longer, resulting in readmission to hospital and decreased quality of life for patients. These symptoms may interfere with nutritional balance, the ability to take oral medications and often inhibits weight gain resulting in an increased susceptibility to adverse outcomes such as infection and renal damage.

With support from the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic (HCC), Arrow is pleased to provide funding for a research assistant for a project that seeks to establish whether prolonged nausea and vomiting following BMT has previously been reported in literature. If there is no research that reports this, it is likely that a gap exists that will need to be explored. A nurse-led multidisciplinary group of transplant clinicians at Liverpool Hospital is identifying research that may be used to develop practice guidelines, which could extend beyond the project team’s local networks.

Findings from the project will assist clinical staff caring for bone marrow transplant patients in understanding more about the duration and severity of nausea and vomiting post autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplant. This will enable staff to recognise and manage nausea and vomiting more effectively using an evidence based approach.

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